clear the table

clear the table

To remove objects from a table. This phrase is often said after a meal, as one removes dishes, silverware, and leftover food from the table. I'll clear the table, and Chris will wash the dishes. Clear the table of all that junk so I can put down these placemats.
See also: clear, table

clear the table

to remove the dishes and other eating utensils from the table after a meal. (Compare this with set the table.) Will you please help clear the table? After you clear the table, we'll play cards.
See also: clear, table
References in classic literature ?
Mildred came in to clear the table, and he heard the clatter of plates as she washed up.
Now, she thought, they could not long delay coming to clear the table, and that Felton would then reappear.
But as I descended the companion stairs to clear the table I heard him shriek as the first bucket of water struck him.
Aunt Jane helped clear the table and put away the food, while Miranda entertained in the parlor; but Rebecca and the infant Burches washed the dishes and held high carnival in the kitchen, doing only trifling damage--breaking a cup and plate that had been cracked before, emptying a silver spoon with some dishwater out of the back door (an act never permitted at the brick house), and putting coffee grounds in the sink.
She did not go out again that afternoon because when Martha returned with her pen and ink and paper she was obliged to clear the table and carry the plates and dishes downstairs and when she got into the kitchen Mrs.
After this declaration she began to clear the table, preserving a thoughtful silence.
The servant, ignorant of what had happened, went in to clear the table -- found his master and mistress seated close together in deep consultation -- and immediately went out again.
I waited, therefore, as patiently as I could, until the servant came in to clear the table.
This was costly for Whaley as the miss rule could now be enforced, and Lemons took the first chance he got to clear the table and settle a 3-3 draw.
However, not the kind of player to let a small deficit of 46 interfere with his plans, Slessor came back strongly to clear the table for the third time in the game with a late 66 to claim the frame.
Asjad Iqbal pairing with Shahid Aftab made a crucial missing on the brown at fag end of the match as Malaysian clawed the way from jaws of defeat to clear the table to win the 9th and final frame 53-43 to emerge as the new team champions at Darbar Hall of Movenpick Hotel.
I love Neil's attitude that every time he gets on a break he wants to clear the table - it's what I wanted to do.
Time for us to let our friend Gino clear the table and get on with our shopping.
Thorne was nicknamed "Mr Maximum" during his playing days, because of his ability to clear the table.
We decided to clear the table and rebuild the entire curriculum from the ground up and that's what we've done," said Professor Marilyn Roberts, Dean of ZU's College of Communications and Media Sciences.